Mediation can Lower the Costs of Medical Indemnity

Mediation can deliver faster, cheaper and better resolutions for patients and medical professionals alike.  

 

Wednesday, 17th June 2015: “We welcome the recommendation in this report that Government should require parties to consider mediation to help curb indemnity costs in relation to medical negligence cases”, stated Gerry Rooney, President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) who was commenting on today’s publication of a report by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children on the costs of Medical Indemnity.

“It can be a very traumatic time for patients and medical professionals alike when medical procedures don’t work out as expected. Often such cases end up in costly and protracted legal proceedings. Mediation can cut the cost of such disputes and more importantly facilitate timely, confidential and sensitive communication between patients and medical professionals that can help both parties cope emotionally and arrive speedily at a quality resolution,” added Mr Rooney

The Report highlights that the value of awards paid out by the State has increased by 304% since 2008 and that the average pay out has risen from €37,000 to €90,000 during the same period. 

MII President Rooney who has experience of training mediators in health care settings in the United States said, “The new Health Information Bill should promote mediation as the first step in the process to resolving medical disputes. It would facilitate an early opportunity of a “safe space” for the patient and the medical professional to explore what had happened on an emotional and medical level, and explore what possible remedies would be open both medical and financial to the patient. In the event of the mediation not being successful either party could still pursue the case through the courts and their case would not be compromised by having engaged in mediation. In my experience many such cases are resolved successfully through mediation, the cost of such settlements are significantly lower and both patient and medical professional have had an early opportunity to deal satisfactorily with the emotional trauma involved.” 

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*Health Committee Press Release

Please follow this link for details on the report  http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/mediazone/pressreleases/2015/name-28616-en.html

 

About The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland

The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is the professional association for Mediators in Ireland. It is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of education, training, professional practice and regulation.  

 

The Mediators' Institute of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and registered in Dublin, Ireland. 

Its registration number is 418250.

Registered Office: 31/32 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, Ireland. Registered Charity CHY16996.

About Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary process of conflict prevention and resolution that allows the parties an opportunity to address their issues in a confidential, private, and safe environment.  Mediators are trained in conflict resolution skills and techniques and have the expertise needed to give people the best possible opportunity to resolve their disputes.

Mediation is effective:

In single-issue and multi-issue disputes

In two-people and multi-party conflicts

In developing innovative and sustainable solutions when parties are willing but stuck

As a preventative intervention early in a conflict

As an alternative to avoid further costly public litigation

The mediation process improves communication, narrows outstanding issues, defuses emotions and defines areas of agreement.  Statistics show a success rate for mediation averaging 80 per cent. 

 

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